TITUSVILLE – The Minnesota bluegrass band Monroe Crossing is a favorite among fans who enjoy music that honors the foundations of bluegrass while also venturing into other music genres.
The five-member band, which plays about 100 shows per year, will play a single show locally at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at Stage 12, 3550 S. Washington Ave., Titusville.
Named after Bill Monroe – who is also known as the “Father of Bluegrass” – the group’s highlights include showcasing twice at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass convention, performing twice at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City and being the first Minnesota bluegrass band to perform in South Korea, as noted in a press release.
The band was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
“Monroe Crossing has a knack for erasing the Bluegrass border and venturing into classic country, classical and gospel genres which makes them appealing to a very broad audience, but their roots are definitely Bill Monroe style Bluegrass,” Titusville bluegrass promoter J.T. Shealy said. “The versatility of these players utilizing multiple instruments is exciting to watch.”
Over Monroe Crossing’s nearly 20-year history, the band has recorded 17 varied musical CDs, including several traditional and original bluegrass collections, three bluegrass gospel albums, a classic country collection, two Christmas recordings, two collaborations with award-winning choir VocalEssence and a tribute to Bill Monroe.
One of the band’s most well-known forays outside of the bluegrass genre is a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
The upcoming show – Monroe Crossing’s third appearance locally and their first since Titusville’s 2016 Bluegrass Festival – will feature a special appearance.
“One founding member, Benji Flaming, who was not touring with them on their last visit to Titusville will be wowing us with his banjo master skills, so I'm anxious to watch him perform,” Mr. Shealy noted.
This show also marks the fifth concert JT’s Bluegrass has hosted at Stage 12, and the response from fans and bands has been “overwhelmingly positive, with theatre seating, large stage, lighting, sound and unlimited parking,” Mr. Shealy said.
Tickets are $21 and can be reserved at JTsBluegrass.com or by calling (321) 222-7797.